Chuan Niu Xi (Cyathula Root)

Chuan Niu Xi (Cyathula Root)

Herb 2 of 34 in Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation

Neutral Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathula Officinalis)
Bitter, Sour, Neutral
Radix Cyathula Officinalis
Tone Marks:
chuān niú xī
Alt Names:
Niu Xi
Ox Knee From Sichuan
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Invigorates the Blood, Dispels Blood Stagnation
    This is one of the strongest herbs for blood stasis leading to gynecological disorders including irregular menses, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, postpartum abdominal pain and difficult labor. Also for musculoskeletal pain and trauma.
  • Promotes Urination and Drains Damp
    For painful and burning urination as well as hematuria. It dispels damp heat and blood stagnation in the lower Jiao.
  • Directs Fire and Blood Downward
    For hematemesis, epistaxis, toothache, ulcers on the tongue and mouth, headache and dizziness associated with fire flaring upward and abnormal bleeding.
  • Tonifies Liver and Kidney, Strengthens Tendon and Bone, Expel Wind Damp
    One of the most important herbs for chronic back ache with weak and or sore knees. Treats atrophy and spasms of the low back and lower extremities.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy
  • Do not use during excessive menstruation

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • None Noted
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-10 grams in decoction, 1-1.5 Grams in powder (Chen)
  • 4.5-9 Grams in decoction (Bensky)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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